Mar 15, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 John R. O'Brien

Theme: Word Fusion - Three examples of portmanteaux.

17A. Latter-day Beau Brummell : METROSEXUAL. METRO(politan) + (hetero)SEXUAL

27A. Eponymous '80s fiscal policy : REAGANOMICS. President Reagan and economics.

46A. Crossbred guide dog : LABRADOODLE. Labrador Retriever and Poodle.

62A. 17-, 27- or 46-Across : PORTMANTEAU

Argyle here. Not much to say. Tight fit to get from the top to the bottom. "It's been a little over a year since John's last visit, I hope the next one is sooner." (Tue., Mar. 24, 2015) He got in under the wire. 


1. Transparent : LIMPID. Do you remember "those cool and limpid green eyes? Song (2:38)

7. Pasture mom : MARE

11. Beaver project : DAM

14. On the plane : ABOARD

15. Stein fillers : ALES

16. Detroit-to-Harrisburg dir. : ESE. 112.50°

19. School support gp. : PTA. (parent-teacher association)

20. No longer on one's plate : EATEN

21. Virtual people, in a game series : SIMS. Simulations.

22. Wrap for leftovers : FOIL

23. Ambles : MOSEYS

25. Mount Rushmore quartet : NOSES. Really big noses.

31. Furry Persians : CATS

35. Norse god of war : TYR

36. Wood shaper : LATHE

37. Home run jog : TROT

38. Grenoble's river : ISERE

41. Corned beef order : LEAN

42. Update, as a cartographer might : REMAP

44. Bogotá's land: Abbr. : COLombia

45. Cut a paragraph, say : EDIT

50. "Vamoose!" : "SCRAM!"

51. Threw with effort : HEAVED

55. Rocker David Lee __ : ROTH

57. Southwestern land formation : MESA

59. Lured (in) : ROPED

61. Wall St. debut : IPO. (Initial Public Offering)

64. Downing Street address : TEN. The office of the British Prime Minister.

65. Poker stake : ANTE

66. Cool and collected : SERENE

67. Chemical suffix : ENE

68. Baseball gripping point : SEAM

69. Car radio button : PRESET


1. Like a weak excuse : LAME

2. Skyscraper support : I-BEAM

3. Utah's "Industry," for one : MOTTO

4. Cuts the rind off : PARES

5. Crease maker, or crease remover : IRONER

6. Cavity filler's deg. : DDS. (Doctor of Dental Surgery)

7. Modest skirt : MAXI

8. Grad who may use "née" in a college newsletter : ALUMNA. Two grads, alumnae.

9. Good thinking : REASON

10. Night school subj. : ESL. (English as a Second Language)

11. Added to one's bank account : DEPOSITED

12. Piedmont wine region : ASTI

13. McDonald's "Happy" offering : MEAL

18. Op-ed pieces : ESSAYS

22. Hen or ewe : FEMALE

24. Himalayan legend : YETI

26. Note between fa and la : SOL

28. __-Roman wrestling : GRECO

29. Spiced Indian brew : CHAI

30. On its way : SENT

31. PC key not used alone : CTRL

32. Geometry calculation : AREA

33. Arizona town where the Earps and Clantons fought : TOMBSTONE

34. Collar stiffener : STARCH

39. '90s White House name : RODHAM. Once and future name?

40. Glamour rival : ELLE. (magazines)

43. Bogey beater : PAR. (Golf)

47. Crooner Vic : DAMONE

48. Mafioso code of honor : OMERTÁ. Code of silence.

49. W-2 form recipient : EARNER

52. "À __ santé!" : VOTRE. "To your health!"

53. Olympic swords : EPEEs

54. Revolutionary diplomat Silas : DEANE. Information

55. Solemn ceremony : RITE

56. Start the bidding : OPEN

58. Goblet part : STEM

60. "Mrs. Robinson," e.g. : DUET. It's sung by a duo but not a duet, right or wrong?

62. Partners for mas : PAs

63. Cairo cobra : ASP


Notes from C.C.:

The 39th American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (April 1-3) will be held at the Stamford Marriott in Stamford, Connecticut. For those who attend, I hope you won't miss the Cru Dinner organized by the great Mike Alpern. See the crossword pope on the third page? Ha ha.

The Cru Dinner officially kicks off the tournament and is a great opportunity to meet with constructors (esp our own Minnesotan George Barany, Tom Pepper and Marcia Brott, all will be at the Cru Dinner this year) and fellow solvers. The space is limited, so be sure to contact with Mike as soon as possible.

Mike also takes fantastic photos of the tournament each year.  I'll just pick a few pictures from his albums.

Rich, Mike & Kim,  ACPT, 2008
Marti & Rich, ACPT, 2013
Al Sanders & Tom Pepper, ACPT, 2014
Mike and George Barany


fermatprime said...


Thanks, John and Santa!

Cute theme.

Several things perped: ESE, ENE, TYR, DEANE.

Computer started working again! Who knows?


Barry G. said...

Morning, all!

Not much to say about this one. A bit surprised to see TYR in an early week puzzle, but Ive seen it enough to get it without the perps. Embarrassingly, the only real problem I had today was with RODHAM. Tried REAGAN and RONNIE at first before the light bulb went on, but then I entered RODMAN. MEAVED wasn't right, so I had my *AHA* moment and changed it to RODHAN instead. It wasn't until I stared at PORTNANTEAU for a bit that the V8 can finally hit me in the head and I got RODHAM.

I'm still gonna blame daylight savings time for my addled brain this morning. I hate getting up in the dark...

unclefred said...

Yep. Me too. Same V-8 can, too. A real DOH!! moment. Struggled right off the bat with LIMPID, too, so got off to a slow start. Some easy-peasey fill, some not so much, but eventually got 'er done. Thanx, John, for a fun CW, and thanx, Argyle, for a terrific write-up. I see you beat me up this morning. I don't mean you pummeled me, I mean you arose before I did. I've been retired for 17 years now, but, still, last night, dreamt I had a 7:00am meeting to attend that I was late for, and not prepared for. Woke up about 5:00am thrashing about. Geez. Too many nacho flavored Doritos last night, I guess.

Lemonade714 said...

Other than the memories of the Silas Deane house in Wethersfield which is close to where I was born and raised and went to college, it was a Tuesday puzzle. LIMPID is a great word.

Argyle are you saying that the singing of Simon and Garfunkel is not a duet?

Thanks for the ACPT reminder and pics C.C. The years go by so quickly. Wethersfield is a little over an hour drive from Stamford.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Easy solve today; didn't get the theme until the reveal. Then, "Oh, yeah."

I've never seen LIMPID used to describe anything other than eyes. You?

Been to TOMBSTONE. Walked boot hill, which isn't really a hill, and got a souvenir copy of the Epitaph with my name in the headline.

ESL -- CSO to Lucina. A RITE is something to avoid in my book. Does that make me a leftist?

If John O'Brien remembers Vic DAMONE, he must be retired. I remember Vic, but barely.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, Argyle and friends. Starting off a Tuesday puzzle with LIMPID? Ouch! The PORTMANTEAUs came easily to me, however.

Beware the Ides of March!

Corned Beef is called Corned because of the large grains of salt used to cure and prepare the beef.

My first thought was NOSES for the Mount Rushmore Quartet, but I was reluctant to write it in because it seemed so strange.

Silas Deane (1738 ~ 1789) was before my time.

QOD: It is not like I have gone crazy, I just won’t want to take any chances. You never know what could happen. ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka Notorious RBG, b. Mar. 15, 1933)

inanehiker said...

Smooth solve with just a little crunch this morning. I can never remember this definition of PORTMANTEAU (especially when it's a crossword clue) - I always think of the traveling trunk like in old novels. Hopefully this will help to make it stick in my brain.

Thanks, Argyle and John!

thehondohurricane said...

Not a breeze, but a successful effort. Needed lots of perp assistance.

The NW was the last to fall. I filled in LIMPID & METROSEXUAL with a lot of doubt about their accuracy.

Didn't like IRONER.

Still trying to figure out what MOTTO has to do with Utah's industry.

Lemon, some good eateries still exist on the Silas DEANE highway, but not as many as there were in the past.

Thought the MRS Robinson clue for DUET was LAME.

Bottom line, enjoyed the challenge, but the cluing left me a bit cold.

Anonymous said...

Utah's motto IS "industry."

billocohoes said...

Hondo - "INDUSTRY" is the state motto of Utah

per Wiki, a duet is a song in which the two performers are of equal importance, differing from a harmony

Yellowrocks said...

Easy peasy Tuesday. No hangups. I waited on a few perps because several answers fit.
The state motto of Utah is INDUSTRY.
Argyle, tell us more. Why is that song not a DUET? The quotation marks led me to think of the song. The clue didn't bother me.
Political balance: REAGAN and RODHAM.
I like the word LIMPID, relating to light, sound, prose,eyes etc. I especially relate it to water, limpid sea, lake, stream.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy today. LIMPID not in my wheelhouse, but perps were solid. Wanted Rhône for ISÈRE but YETI was firm. Otherwise, WEES.

Sister's hip replacement went well, so, a little less worry.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

The country is COLOMBIA. The university is Columbia

CrossEyedDave said...

Anon-T @11:34PM Yest

Re:Lock Screen Bypass


How did anyone figure that out???

TTP said...

Read yesterday's comments earlier this morning.

For anyone that's interested, I provided a link to IBM's history of the IBM PC in yesterday's comments.

Frank and Nancy said...

I agree with Argyle.

"A duet is a musical composition for two performers in which the performers have equal importance to the piece. It is often used to describe a composition involving two singers. It differs from a harmony, as the performers take turns performing a solo section rather than performing simultaneously."

Mrs. Robinson = harmony.
Close To You = harmony
Nowhere Man = harmony

I Got You Babe = duet
Stop Draggin My Heart Around = duet
Endless Love = duet

Lemonade714 said...

Moon Sets Over Pond ~ Senryu

A limpid pool stirs
blinking luminous waves
as you dip your toe in the water

Husker Gary said...

I learned PORTMANTEAU as a clue here (and its plural today from Argyle) and so there’s no excuse for not seeing it as a theme.

-Mares and Hens and Ewes, oh my!
-It’s amazing that aluminum FOIL is still called TIN FOIL
-Tire vs TYR(e). Steve?
-If you don’t TROT fast enough after your HR, you might wear the next pitch in your ear
-A definite California REMAP needed in this 1650 edition
-“I’ll take OLD COMICS for $1,000 Alex”. “The answer is ‘This cartoon had the phrase SCRAM, gravy ain’t wavy’ ”
-It “SEAMS” there’s more than one way to grip that ball
-ESL – I stupidly said, “Hola cómo estás” to a lady at church and she launched into a Spanish response assuming I spoke the language! What an idiot I can be.
-Never click on that SEND key in anger!
-Mafia – OMERTA. In other neighborhoods, “Snitches get stitches”
-We’ll OPEN the bidding at $1,000
-Speaking of “Mrs. Robinson”, Paul Simon will be in concert in Lincoln this summer sans Art Garfunkel

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Hit a few bumps but perps to the rescue. Fun theme with some interesting fill. Thought of Lucina at ESL and, naturally, CED at cats.�� ��

Thanks! John, for a Tuesday treat and thanks, Argyle, for the guided tour.

CED, apparently, the iPad Mini isn't the same as the regular iPads because, as I said, the only apps that show are the 4 I mentioned. The chime problem is now moot (or has my husband used to say, mute) since I turned the sound off.

Spitz, glad your sister's surgery went well. My sister's tenant (50 ish) had quintuple bypass surgery yesterday. I had only heard of quadruple before, never quintuple! All this talk of surgery is making me nervous!

DO, you must be younger than we thought! I remember Vic Damone quite well!

Hatoolah, do you know the context of RBG's quote; she had to be referring to something specific.

TTP, where have you been?

Have a great day.

Irish Miss said...

My emojis disappeared: 🐱 🐈

Anonymous T said...

Hi all!

Playing hooky today - I'm still not up to waking at 0-dark-30. I'm doing my "need" work, just not going in.

Thanks John for the pzl. Thanks Argyle for the write-up - It SEAMs we're on the same page w/ today's offering.

Pzl was a breeze until I got to the SE. VODRE, DENTE, Mrs. Robinson is not a Dame? She certainly was a cougar :-)

Once I gave on HEftED and Employ (way off for 49d) things fell into place. Those were both WOs.

ESP - TYR. Who?

Who else wanted Trickledown b/f REAGANOMICS? Though RODHAM almost balanced the politics, TEN Downing skews it - depending on the PM :-)

Fav - Why the heck not? Diamond Dave (Lee ROTH).

CED - did you try the unlock sequence? Did it work?

TTP - good to know you're still out there. Thanks for the PC history link.

Cheers, -T

Yellowrocks said...

While Mrs. Robinson might not technically be a DUET, in common parlance two people singing together are often called a duet, even on concert programs. Don't opera duets sometimes have two people singing together in harmony? I'm no expert and may be mistaken. It seems in common parlance the definitions of many words are rather loose.

oc4beach said...

I liked today's puzzle and definitely Argyle's expo.

For some reason I'm not comfortable with the word Portmanteau. According to in this usage it is Portmanteau Word, not just Portmanteau. An arguable point. Lewis Carroll coined it in "Through The Looking Glass" in 1871.

Like others, LIMPID got me right off the bat. Perps did fill it in though.

For collar stiffeners I tried STAYS, but it was too short. In ROTC during my college days, we used a little metal spring-loaded device called a Spiffy to keep our collars down. Does anybody remember these?

European rivers always get me. I need to brush up on my European geography. However, I am familiar with the Asti region of Italy. I especially like Asti Spumonte better than champagne.

For all of you soft ice cream lovers, Dairy Queen is offering a Free small vanilla cone today at many stores, but not ones in malls. I won't get into an argument about whether DQ is really ice cream, but whatever it is I like it.

I hope everybody has a great day.

Chairman Moe said...

"Puzzling Thoughts":

First off, I want to go on the record that I hate Daylight Savings Time! It'll take the rest of the week and then some for my body clock to adjust. Wish that the state of Florida would amend its whatever, and stay on Standard Time year round - sunrise at 7:35 is too late

Second, two great puzzles to start off the week! Yesterday's was a treat and today's had a lot of familiar solves and clever clues. Like Lemonade, I have connections to Wethersfield CT as that was home for me back in my "pre-Moe" days (1984-1990). I traveled along the Silas DEANE Hwy often. PORTMANTEAU is not one of those words you often use or hear; hats off to John O'Brien for an interesting and entertaining Tuesday puzzle - thanks, too Argyle for the informative write-up

I know this is a day late, but I noticed the SO to our Friday Fact-Finder LEMONADE in yesterday puzzle - for him (and those of you who recall a star defensive back from the late 1960's and 1970's Detroit Lions), here is a little poem I thought up:

Former footballer Barney had made
Interceptions; for which he was paid
Pretty well, one would say,
But was in his "hay day";
Since he's broke, now he's called "Lem-on-aid"

Anonymous said...

Duet v harmony

A fun way to look at it: can the song be performed by only one singer and not seem awkward? If yes then not a duet. Mrs Robinson sounds fine. I Got You Babe, not so much.

Yellowrocks said...

This is another example of my usually arguing for broader definitions than those given by most. I find it amusing that I am called "schoolmarm," when it seems to me that those with very narrow and "only one correct answer" concepts are being schoolmarmish.
I loved and encouraged the free thinking, outside the box students whose logic was sound. Rather than expecting them to parrot the official line I accepted anything that could be proven and, especially in math, any method that worked out in every case.
I plead guilty to prejudice and narrow mindedness in the case of wanting traditional haiku. BTW, Lemon, thanks for the great haiku using limpid. My kind of poem.

Anonymous T said...

Here - this outside the box version of Mrs. Robinson from the Lemonheads settles itl. She's a hot-Dame :-)

YR - I'm not a "marm" and can hardly spell, but I'm with you... Language morphs and it's fun. For goodness sake, todayz pzl had METROSEXUAL and LABRADOODLE in it. Neither PORTMANTEAU existed when REAGAN nor Clinton (RODHAM, one-each) was in the Oval Office. Do we have a symbology and does it convey meaning? Well, then, Language done; //end programme.

Cheers, -T

Jayce said...

Neato puzzle. LIMPID threw me for a loop to start off with, but working the downs quickly got it. In the opposite corner, working the acrosses got me DEANE whom I didn't know.
Best wishes to you all.

Avg Joe said...

This was very crunchy for Tuesday. The theme seemed a bit tame, but the fill more than made up for it (noses and ironer notwithstanding). Had to rely on perps in a lot of places besides Limpid, including Duet. That was my only erasure, but I was sure that Roped didn't end in M and that preset didn't end in F.

Misty said...

I had a rough morning with my coffee maker not working for the first time in years. How to get through a morning with no coffee? So it really helped to have a delightful and doable puzzle with almost everything in my wheelhouse. Many thanks, John, and you too, Argyle.

Have a great day, everybody!

SwampCat said...

Lots of fun new clues for old friends. And some new words, too. "PORTMANTEAU "?? And I, also, got hung up at DUET. Crosses helped. Thanks, John.

Argyle, ... Always glad ta see ya!

Spring is really here, I guess. The Azaleas have exploded into bloom, gracing us with riots of color. We are lucky in this part of south Louisiana. We are dry and have flowers when so much of the state is still covered with water from all the storms we've had. The flooding has been record-setting in some places. Has anybody heard from Boo Luquette?

TTP said...

Irish Miss, I was practicing getting disconnected from the connected world. I don't have a Facebook or Twitter account but I was going around announcing out loud what I was doing at random times. I have three followers so far, but I think two of them are cops.

The winter winds brought plenty of leaves into my hedgerows, as well as all manner of garbage from some neighbor's bin that must have blown over in one of the gusty storms. So like Hondo, I've been outside almost daily, just getting after it all. I love getting my hands out into the gardens and flower beds as early as I can each year, and the warmer weather drew me out earlier this year.

When the weather wasn't so nice, I was channeling BlueHen in that I got into some serious house cleaning, along with major reorganization and elimination of excess "stuff." Bathroom trim has been freshened with a new coat of paint. Also put in a new ceiling fixture in the kitchen one day.

Spring cleaning is well under way. The kitchen cabinets and Hoosier cupboard, the dining room flat wall cupboard and sideboard were all laid bare of their foodstuffs, pots and pans, dinner ware and table settings, then all and everything cleaned top to bottom and reorganized. Found out along the way that we had three ricers and two spaetzle makers. Also found the mandolin that I knew we had somewhere.

Illinois primaries today. Off to the polling place. I hope to see Abejo if he's an election official again this year.


PK said...

Hi Y'all! Liked the puzzle, JRB -- no trite phrases here. But "transparent" = LIMPID? Very LAME. Well, "seethru" & "clear" didn't fit. Perped and peck through a lot of this.

Great one, Argyle, "Stranger in Paradise" was a favorite in my maiden days. Seems like I'm still a stranger to that.

Silas DEANE was unknown, not having spent much time in Connecticut. But since I'm wading around in that 1700's era in my genealogy, the link was very interesting.

My river answer was ISERn which turned red. PORTMAN.... perped in and I realized what the word should be but I didn't know the spelling. I thought it had an X in it. Ended up perping every last letter with a couple wags for VOTRE & DEANE.

DUET? Naw. Mrs. Robinson was "sexy" or a "slut" or "bold". How could John O'Brien not know that?

NOSES not Prezs. Well, that's not a good abbrev. anyway.

Hahtoolah, liked the QOD. I'm with her in fearing dementia. That's why I do crosswords, to keep the synapses firing.

SwampCat said...

Chairman Moe, I hate Daylight Savings, too! But it takes me 6 months, and I'm still not used to it. It's just unnatural. That's my opinion and I'm not gonna budge!

Irish Miss, I have an older iPad, not a mini, and my desktop doesn't look like the one in the solution, either. I have Safari, Mail, etc, across the bottom, too. Maybe the suggested solution is an upgrade of some sort. Don't know!

Anonymous T said...

DAM it TTP - don't you know you can't say hedgerow w/o some idiot linking Stairway to Heaven?. :-)

I'll be watching IL's returns tonight. Same w/ FL & OH. Go see Abejo and practice your right/duty.

Cheers, -T

CrossEyedDave said...

ANonymous T

No I didn't try to unlock my phone,
Hmm, I guess the video could be faked...

In either case the point is moot as I have an old IOS 7 model.

What operating system are they up to now? 9? 10?

TTP said...

I'm back already. I've had three different polling places in the last three years. This one was the closest, at less than two miles away. Wasn't crowded at this time of day and no real line, and no waiting for a booth. Of course I didn't use a paper ballot. I like the touch screen.

No Abejo. Perhaps he is coming in for the later shift.

Anonymous T, Thanks for "Getting the Led out." There was no bustle in my hedgerow, but there were plenty of leaves and paper coffee cups, candy wrappers, a few plastic bags and other assorted trash. But no bustle.

Time to walk the dog.

Bob Factory said...

TTP, would that, by chance, be a Black Dog?

Bill G. said...

I am mixed on the appeal of Simon and Garfunkel but I am a BIG fan of Simon's Kodachrome.

We got our taxes done this morning. My eyes start to glaze over after about 20 minutes.

Barbara had me ready to follow her to the car dealership to fix her relatively new Toyota Yaris. She had called them to report that several warning lights had come on (oil pressure, battery, etc.). They told her it could be serious and to take as many back roads as possible in case her car broke down on the way. So when she started up, I asked her if the problem persisted. She said no; that the lights had come on again but were now gone. Apparently she had never noticed that the lights always come on when you first turn the key on but haven't started the engine yet. Problem avoided!

Barry G. said...

In case anybody cares, I was checking out the etymology of the word LIMPID a few months back and discovered, much to my surprise, that it comes from the Latin word for lymph. As in lymph nodes and lymph fluid, which was apparently known for being particularly clear (as opposed to, say, bile or blood or other bodily fluids). Not quite as romantic when you realize you're comparing your lover's eyes to lymph fluid, you know?

Oh -- and I've always been a huge fan of Simon & Garfunkle. My parents used to listed to their greatest hits on 8-track tape in the 70s (especially on long car trips) and it kind of stuck with me after all these years.

TX Ms said...

Bill G - Hilarious! Sometimes we women just don't get mechanics. Lucky that you asked if there was still a problem because that "repair" job would have made your mechanic's day!

TTP said...

Well served there Bob. Nice play. Literally and figuratively.

For those Windows users that have been delaying the Windows 7 to Windows 10 update, I would opine that it was relatively painless. Have been running about a month now with no issues noted. All files and data were unaffected.

YMMV, but the download took about 25 minutes. I am on high speed cable internet, and connected an Ethernet cable to the router rather using wireless connectivity. After the download, the update process took another 35 minutes on this Lenovo T420 Intel i5 2.5Ghz processor with 8GB RAM and Windows 7 Professional.

There was relatively little interaction required. A few easy to understand prompts along the way.

The only issue I had after the update was that I noticed that Sound was set to headphones rather than speakers, and I no longer had the sound controls that existed previously. A quick google search on Lenovo, Sound, Windows 10 provided me with Lenovo support site url that had the needed Conexant sound driver. Downloading and updating that driver took a couple minutes more.

I like the look and feel of Windows 10. I'm not using all of the new powerful features that some of you might find very useful. And although the interface is a little bit different, its easy to find the Windows 7 type of interface if you need it or are more comfortable with it. And if it doesn't go well, you can readily back out and go back to Windows 7 by going START ==> SETTINGS ==> UPDATE AND SECURITY ==> RECOVERY and choosing "Go back to Windows 7". That feature is available for one month after you update.

If you use Desktop Gadgets on Windows 7, they will be removed as part of the install to Windows 10. If you don't know what Desktop Gadgets are, you probably aren't using them. If you are considering doing the update yourself and are concerned about features you might be losing, you might want to read the notes at Windows 10 Specifications with particular consideration to the section on feature deprecation.

Based on my experience so far, I'll be updating another one of my Windows 7 machines to Windows 10 in the relative near future. It appears from their wording that Microsoft will continue to offer this update for free until a year from when they first announced its general availability, which was sometime in the fall of 2015.

For me it was relatively painless. Of course, you can always take it to your local PC support store and have them do it, or have a Best Buy Geek Squad or similar come by and ask them to do the update, but you might save a few dollars updating to Windows 10 yourself and doing it before Microsoft start charging for the update later this year...

If real issues arise, Anonymous T can be reached at BR-549.

Bob Factory said...

Still crazy, huh Barry?

Avg Joe said...

I can't name a favorite Simon and Garfarkel tune. But somewhere near, or in the top ten is America

And among the more beautiful of their offerings, I'd rate For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her somewhere near the top. Too short though, but that's the way the music biz worked in that era.

We are two of the happy campers that have tickets to see Paul Simon in Lincoln this May. Looking forward to it very much.

Anonymous said...

The problem with the "Mrs. Robinson" clue, as Anonymous @10:49 suggested, is that although it may have been a DUET for Simon & Garfunkel (if you'll pardon their harmony), it is not necessarily so as a song by itself. A better clue would have been "Simon & Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson'" or "A Simon & Garfunkel offering" (or a "Sonny & Cher offering" if you're hung up on the duet/harmony dichotomy; but Sonny & Cher harmonized, too).

tawnya said...

Hi all!

Not the easiest of Tuesday puzzles and I am really disappointed that IDES wasn't anywhere. Today's the day! Beware! Oh well...

I'm agreeing with everyone else about Mrs. Robinson NOT being a duet - and thank you AnonT for posting the Lemonheads version! I've seen Paul Simon in concert and it was amazing. He played songs from his whole career but this is my favorite.

Diamond Dave! It's almost summertime, if you need something to keep you cool. And another classic

Happy Evening!


Anonymous T said...

Good to see you back C. Moe!

Jayce -your post made me realize I typo'd DEANE. I still don't know what it means, but there it is.

CED - I have 9.2.1 on my iPad and the iPhone is downloading it now (I'm going to try the unlock again after the update). Settings->General->Software Updates. BTW, where's all the CATS today? John O' set you up for it...

Barry G - Interesting about LIMPID... Gross, but interesting. And coral is for more than her lips' Red. I wanted opaque at 1st until I remembered that's exactly the opposite.

Bill G. I'm curious, does she just look at the key while turning it? I don't know how one wouldn't notice the dashboard lighting up like a Christmas tree - unless you have a grandpa-car like Pop does :-)

[really, a Lincoln C. and there's just a clock in the center of the dash to the right of the speedometer. He told me to shut the hell up when I asked where to plug in my iPod :-). No idea if it even has a PRESET...].

Tawnya - Glad you enjoyed DL ROTH and returned the favor - that was the best version of Ice Cream Man I've seen.

I agree w/ everyone on their picks for S&G songs. One of my solo favs is Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes from the Graceland album. There's just something simple and beautiful in it.

Well, I gotta go help youngest clean up the MESs-A from dinner. Cheers, -T

Bill G. said...

Tawnya, I love that song, Just a Gigolo, and I'd never seen that video before. I'm not normally a big fan of music videos but that one is spectacular!

I mentioned before that my favorite Paul Simon song was Kodachrome. Here it is. Kodachrome

AnonT, dunno. I think she just usually turned the key on quickly; from off to the engine starting up with no delay to look at the dashboard in the meantime. Best not to ask too many probing questions...

Anonymous T said...

TTP - I'll be curious how you like Windows 10 consumer's version. Everything I read was negative. I don't know how you missed your earlier post (OK, I was watching the DLR videos) nor how you nailed me at BR-549 :-)

Bill G. Kodachrome is not only a great song but fantastic color film that's hard to come by. I still have a '76/'77 Minolta 35mm that is wonderful for experimental shots, but film and subsequent developing is near impossible. I got to really want it or I just use the iPhone.

Cheers, -T

Lemonade714 said...

Moe thanks for the poem, crazy day yesterday. Hope you have adjusted to the east side even if the clock has you down

Chairman Moe said...

You're welcome! Adjusting ok to the east side - things are crazy busy. We need to get together with you and Oo soon ...